Kids Had a Frightfully Good Time at Fall-O-Ween!

On October 21st, the Trinity Center was full of superheroes, angels, football players, pirates, witches, and even a hobbit!

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Wildside Youth Ministries hosted their annual Fall-O-Ween party for all the little ghosts & goblins of Hagerstown.

Over 60 kids came to the Trinity Center to play Halloween-themed carnival games, win lots of prizes, and get tons of candy, and chow down on some great food.

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Playing all the various games wasn’t the only fun the kids had. They also enjoyed the open space to run around pretending to be their costumed characters.

From kids, to volunteers, to parents in attendance, it seemed like everyone had a great evening of haunts, treats, and lots of tricks!

 

Wildside Youth’s next big event party is “It’s a Wildside Thanksgiving” on Tuesday, November 18th from 5-7pm in the Trinity Center. Then on December 9th the Trinity Center becomes the North Pole for “Ping’s Famous Igloo Carnival”. This Christmas party is from 5-7pm as well.

Along with these awesome parties, Wildside hosts Sunday Night Wild each week from 7-8pm in the Wildside Sanctuary.

All Wildside Youth events are free for kids ages 5-12. To learn more about Wildside Youth at The Hope Center, go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com, email info@wildsideyouth.com or call 301.739.1165.

To volunteer at Wildside events, or any events or ministries at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Our Christmas Bazaar is Coming!

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On Saturday, November 8th, the Trinity Center will be full of holiday cheer as we kick off the season with our annual Ladies’ Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar.

The doors of the Trinity Center will open at 9am for all the excited shoppers. Our bazaar will have a myriad of items like Christmas decorations, to stocking stuffers, jewelry, books, gift items, holiday clothing, and much more!

In addition to the great items on sale, our ladies’ will have a delicious lunch counter open for you to satisfy your hunger. Don’t miss the delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, baked goods, and other delectable foods for sale.

Our annual bazaar is one day only so be sure to mark your calendar! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save big while also giving back to the community.

Profits generated from the Christmas Bazaar support our Ladies’ Auxiliary and their efforts to help fund essential needs at The Hope Center. We thank you for your support of our Auxiliary and The Hope Center. If you have any questions, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Congratulations Derek!

We are excited to announce the graduation of Derek from our Foundations Life Recovery program!

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Our Foundations Life Recovery program is a 13 month residential rehabilitation program, based on Biblical principles, for men dealing with various addictions that are destroying them. Our rehabilitation program is not designed to just break addictions or habits, but to also help the man change his heart & mind. It’s not just about putting a new suit on the man, it’s about putting a new man in the suit.

Men in our Foundations Life Recovery program attend many different classes that help them defeat the addictions that have destroyed them. They also attend classes where they learn the value of their life through God’s plan for them. They are given the opportunity to make the changes that will help them leave our program prepared to be a contributing part of society.

When Derek first arrived at The Hope Center, he was just many of the other teens in America: looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong areas.

Derek grew up in the church, taking part in AWANA’s and even attending a Christian school. But Derek’s home life was much different. While Derek’s mother was a Christian, his father was not. He and his dad never really got along, which lead to clashes and Derek’s feeling of insecurity and fear of messing up and not gaining the approval of his father.

Eventually, the issues with his father came to a boiling point and Derek dropped out of church and his Christian school. His life was in a freefall and Derek began wandering aimlessly through life. He moved from group home to group home, institution to institution, just living life without a purpose. His only interests at that time were women and pornography.

Derek arrived at The Hope Center, knowing that he needed a change from his addiction to pornography. Instead of taking this opportunity serious, Derek was actually just hoping to breeze through this program just like the many others he was a part of.

After a while in our Foundations Life Recovery program, Derek realized that he wasn’t able to just do whatever he wanted and get by. He found himself in trouble multiple times, even getting kicked out and put on restrictions.

But God never gave up on Derek, and Derek knew deep down that there was a better life for him. He continued in our program and one day he and God had that moment where it all clicked.

Derek finally hit the point where he was tired of wandering, tired of fighting the truth, and tired of being disciplined. With tears in his eyes he called out, “God, I know you want me to work with kids, so why do I keep falling for this addiction?”

God responded to Derek. He reminded Derek that the reason he is addicted and not able to break free is because “he lost his first love”. God told Derek that he was given a passion to work with children so he could help other kids not “do the same things” he did to find love and acceptance. Derek said God also told him to “be yourself, everyone else is taken”.

This conversation with God was exactly the push Derek needed to finish the program at The Hope Center. Derek began taking his classes seriously. He started attending a church and helping out around The Hope Center. He established accountability with two different area pastors who helped supplement his spiritual instruction at The Hope Center.

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Derek with Pastor Brad Nigh of Hagerstown Christian Church

Derek has achieved a monumental goal in his life: his life has been recovered and he is free from the chains of pornography. On his face he wears one of the biggest, brightest smiles in all of Maryland. That smile is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of Derek’s character and his commitment to following God and living for Him.

As Derek begins a new chapter in his life, he’s excited about the new adventures which are to come. One change that makes him extremely excited: “living on his own for the first time!” Derek is also hoping to volunteer at Wildside Youth Ministries, the youth program for kids at The Hope Center, and other organizations where he can help kids who are heading down the same path he once chose.

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Derek proudly receiving his diploma from Sonny Shank, our Executive Director

In late September we hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate Derek’s achievement. Residents currently in the Foundations Life Recovery program, staff, volunteers, and people from Derek’s church attended the graduation. Following the ceremony, everyone was invited to enjoy refreshments and fellowship.

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We are so proud of Derek and his accomplishment. Our joy is only a small reflection of the celebration that took place in Heaven. Derek is another life changed for God. Instead of becoming another dark statistic, Derek is walking boldly in the light.

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Derek celebrating his graduation with friends and supporters from his church

Please pray for Derek, and the other men in our Foundations Life Recovery program. The decision to clean up their lives is not an easy one, and the devil works overtime to ruin, defeat, and destroy these men. Pray that the men in the program will see the success of Derek and work to conquer the addictions that are separating them from God. And pray for Derek, and the many other graduates, as they embark on a new life of victory. The devil wants nothing more than to see God’s people be destroyed by their weaknesses. Pray that these men find strong spiritual support systems that help them live each day victoriously.

And continue to pray for the staff and volunteers at The Hope Center. The people who serve are on the front line of a very serious spiritual war. They are trying to help meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of so many. It’s not an easy situation to be in as the devil targets our staff and volunteers.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support of The Hope Center. Because of people like you, Derek was able to have a place to change his life. Your financial support, food and clothing donations, and prayers help to keep our facilities operational all day, every day. From helping addicts with no where to turn, to feeding families, providing shelter for the homeless, and giving kids a safe place to have fun, your support is reaching thousands of people and changing lives. Again we say thank you for partnering with us to help others.

If you’d like to start supporting The Hope Center, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can go to http://www.hagerstownrescue.org and click on the “Give to HRM” tab located in the red box on the left hand side of the page if you’d prefer using your debit/credit card online.

If you’d like to join the ranks of our faithful volunteers, go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn about the various ways you can help change lives.

 

Holiday Shop Now Open!

It’s that time of year again: pumpkins have taken over everything, scarecrows have taken their rightful spot as door greeters at many a front door, and mums are the flower of choice.

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And as soon as the last goblin rings your doorbell this month, we’re already switching over to turkeys, pilgrims…and evergreen trees!

Now that we’ve bid a fond farewell to summer, that means that the holidays are upon us. And as you prepare to decorate for the various holiday functions in the next few months, you may have already discovered how costly these holidays can be.

Well, we’ve got you covered! Our new holiday shop is open in our Thrift Store in Hagerstown. The holiday shop is a one-stop area for all your holiday needs. Whether you’re looking for Halloween, Thanksgiving, autumn, or even Christmas decorations we’ve got them.

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We’ve got decorations, serving dishes, floral arrangements, clothing, and much more to supplement your current holiday styles. And as we inch closer to Christmas, our holiday store will be overflowing with plenty of Christmas themed merchandise.

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And since Halloween is just around the corner, swing by and check out our costume selection for your little ones! Need a costume for older kids or adults? Don’t forget to look around our men’s & women’s departments for various pieces to create a Halloween costume for cheap. Our Thrift Store is a great place to find just what you need to make your Halloween perfect…and not expensive.

If you haven’t been to our Hagerstown Thrift Store lately, now’s the time to stop by. All of our gently used items are bargain priced so your wallet won’t feel the pain of the holiday season.

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The Hagerstown Thrift Store is open from 9am-5pm Monday – Saturday. It’s located on the corner of Walnut & Church Streets with plenty of parking located in our central parking lot off of Church Street.

If you’re in Chambersburg, be sure to stop by our store at 64 S. Main Street to find great deals on clothes, accessories, housewares, shoes, and so much more.

And don’t forget that when you shop at our stores, you’re helping to support the various programs, including housing for homeless men, food for hungry families, and rehabilitation & life recovery for men with addictions.

For more information about our Thrift Stores or the programs at The Hope Center, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

 

 

Fall-O-Ween is Coming!

On Tuesday, October 21st, the Trinity Center will be full of ghosts, goblins, and other costumed characters ready for an evening of hauntingly good fun!

It’s time for Wildside Youth Ministries’ popular Halloween-themed party, Fall-O-Ween.

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Kids are invited to wear costumes* and join the festivities as Wildside hosts some creepy and exciting games, scary prizes, and frightfully delicious food! This will definitely be the highlight of everyone’s Halloween!

Fall-O-Ween is a free event for all kids ages 5-12. This event is from 5pm-7pm at the Trinity Center located next to our Thrift Store on Walnut Street in Hagerstown.

Call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com today to sign your kids up for Fall-O-Ween. If transportation is needed, please be sure to ask about details.

Go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com to learn more about our youth program. If you’re interested in volunteering at Wildside Youth or any other ministries at The Hope Center, go to http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com to learn more.

*If you’re looking for costumes on a tight budget, be sure to check out our selection at our Thrift Store. Our newly opened Holiday Shop in the Hagerstown Thrift Store has costumes and other Halloween accessories to make this year perfect without hurting your wallet. The Thrift Store is open M-Sat from 9am-5pm. For any questions about our Thrift Store, call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

 

 

Tons of Smiles at our Downtown Block Party

On Saturday, September 20th, Walnut Street in Hagerstown came to life with the sights & sounds of laughter, excitement and people having a great time!

Our youth ministry, Wildside Youth, hosted the Downtown Block Party along with Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

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The churches came with games, prizes, food, and plenty of volunteers ready to create a fun afternoon for all of our guests.

The Trinity Center was open and housed various food stands like snow cones, hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy along with cold beverages. There was an area set up for our guests to play some basketball and wow everyone with their skills.

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We were also pleased to have a short show by “Bam the Liquid Robot”. Peter Arizmendi, aka Bam, stopped by to entertain our guests with a dance sequence. Peter uses hip hop and his gift of dance to share the Gospel. He’s currently in the process of opening a dance studio in Hagerstown. Bam the Liquid Robot has stopped by Sunday Night Wild in the past and he’s making another appearance in October.

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Outside on the Walnut Street side of our property were all the games and amusements. From a bounce house, to ring toss, to finger nail painting, to street bowling, face painting, carnival games and a waterslide, there were plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained for hours!

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In addition to volunteers from Maranatha Brethren and Valley Grace, our good friends from Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene in Severn, Maryland drove up for the day to volunteer at this event. We were so happy to see their faces again and we’re thankful for their ongoing support of this ministry and their heart for Hagerstown!

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God provided a beautiful day for our block party as well. The nice warm sun gave people a good reason to come outside and enjoy the festival in the street.

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We estimate that around 250 guests flooded our property to enjoy the free block party together. And the best part was watching kids and parents alike take part in all the various activities!

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We are so thankful for all the resources and hard work that the people of Maranatha and Valley Grace did for this event. We know everyone, from guests of all ages, to volunteers, and even some of our residents, had a great time interacting, socializing, playing, eating and celebrating together. We look forward to hosting this event again in the future.

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If you’re looking for a ministry to get involved with or would like an after-school program for your kids or grandkids to get involved with, check out Wildside Youth Ministries. Go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com for information as well as upcoming activities. All of Wildside’s events are free for kids ages 5-12. If you’d like to talk to someone please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

If you’re currently looking for a church to attend and would like to be a part of a group of people who not only love the Lord but have a heart for service, then check out Maranatha Brethren or Valley Grace Brethren Churches.

For information about Maranatha Brethren Church visit http://www.maranathagbc.net or call 301.733.1717. Maranatha Brethren is located at 19835 Scott Hill Drive just off of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown.

For information about Valley Grace Brethren Church visit http://www.valleygrace.net or call 301.582.0155. Valley Grace Brethren is located at 17310 Gay Street just off of Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown.

If you are interested in volunteering with Wildside Youth Ministries or any other ministry at The Hope Center, including our upcoming Great Hagerstown Thanksgiving Feast, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

Our Ham Sandwich Sale is Back!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is once again hosting a ham sandwich sale.

The ladies are taking sandwich orders from now until Saturday, October 11th. Sandwiches will be delivered by 11am on Friday, October 17th.

Ham Sandwich Fall 2014The country ham sandwiches are $3.00 each. The purchase of each sandwich helps to support the various ministries and programs at The Hope Center. Our Ladies’ Auxiliary uses funds raised through various events and sales to provide equipment, supplies, essential needs to our different ministries, and, they also sponsor special events for our residents to help make their time in our life recovery program feel more like home.

So go ahead and stock up on some of these delicious sandwiches! We don’t want to brag, but they are some of the best country ham sandwiches in the area.

Spread the word to your family, friends, coworkers, small groups, Sunday School classes, and more.

To place an order, call 301.790.3843 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. If you have any questions about the sandwiches, the programs and ministries at The Hope Center or our Ladies’ Auxiliary, please call 301.739.1165.

If you’re interested in joining our Ladies’ Auxiliary or volunteering in another way at The Hope Center, please visit http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.